Walking Holidays in Europe
We have carefully hand-picked for our walking holidays in Europe such locations that provide a range of exceptional natural diversity within a relatively compact geographical region.
When Peter Duncan took up a friend’s invitation to make his first visit to the Balkans, he was faced with an abundance of surprises. He happily admits: “Whilst I had visited many other regions of the world, this was a part of Europe, almost on my doorstep, which I knew so little about”.
Through the years we naturally expanded to the South and East – but still mainland Europe remains a special place for us.
Our Tour du Mont Blanc in Comfort walking holiday will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland, taking in the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit. The majestic beauty of the scenery is best appreciated as you walk point-to-point each day, staying in nice hotels with private rooms on all nights. In the evenings, you will enjoy delicious French and Italian meals, paired with a hearty serving of Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you will stay in.
Our classic Tour du Mont Blanc walking holiday will lead you from France to Italy and Switzerland, taking in the best sections of the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit. The majestic beauty of the scenery is best appreciated on foot as you walk point-to-point each day, staying in nice hotels and mountain huts at night. In the evenings, you will enjoy delicious French and Italian meals, paired with a hearty serving of Swiss hospitality in the traditional alpine villages you will stay in.
Rota Vicentina: Fishermen’s Trail Highlights includes the coastal part of Portugal’s famous Rota Vicentina long distance trail. It follows some of the best preserved coastline in Europe through the beautiful national park in the Alentejo region. Well-signposted paths will take you along impressive cliffs, down to deserted beaches and secret sandy coves, accessible only on foot.
This is a shorter version of our moderate South Montenegro and Kotor Bay dual centre-based self guided walking holiday in Montenegro. It offers a truly wonderful itinerary which includes some of the best walks in South Montenegro, considered one of the most breathtaking coastal areas in Europe.
The Coastal Trails of Alentejo and Algarve invite you to explore the unspoilt landscapes and seascapes of Portugal’s south-western coastline, the Costa Vicentina, where virgin beaches and dramatic cliffs are washed by the ocean. Enjoy secluded sandy beaches reachable only on foot, comfortable accommodations and fresh seafood on this easy to moderate walking holiday in Portugal.
Sierra de Guadarrama are an unexpected hiker’s paradise; it is a real surprise to most walkers to find such a beautiful alpine scenery so close to a big city like Madrid. This walking holiday in Spain will take you to high peaks offering amazing views, to historical and cultural sites like the Monastery of Escorial and the Royal Palace of La Granja, finishing in beautiful Segovia.
Ribeira Sacra is one of the hidden gems of Spain. The gorges of Sil and Miño provide dramatic scenery, with high cliffs comparable to the Norwegian fjords, but enjoying the privileged Spanish climate. Add to this the welcoming Galician people and their picturesque villages, the chestnut forests and the terraced vineyards, and you have a walking holiday that you will not forget.
The Via Dinarica is a mega trail that extends from Albania to Slovenia and traverses the largest karst field on earth. During this walking holiday, you will circle the great Buško Lake, ascend into Blidinje Nature Park and reach the town of Jablanica over Čvrsnica Mountain. The trip ends in the city of Mostar, famous for its Old Bridge – a jewel of oriental architecture.
Walk through the impressive Vikos Gorge, the deepest canyon in the world. Reach the alpine zone up to the beautiful Dragon Lake and enjoy the spectacular views, then descend the famous cobbled path of Scala Vradetou, built in the 18th century. Retreat every evening in elegant hand-picked stone mansions in the traditional villages along the route.
Rota Vicentina is a network of walking trails in south-western Portugal along the most beautiful and best preserved coastline of Southern Europe. Combining the Historical Way and the Fishermen’s Trail and covering 230 km (143 miles) in 12 stages, this walking holiday in Portugal provides the ultimate Rota Vicentina hiking experience.